Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite classroom holidays. I love promoting kindness even more than usual this month through the class party, read alouds, and discussions. In addition to promoting kindness the month of February, I love having my students complete Valentine’s Day themed activities. Today I want to share some of my favorite Valentine’s Day activities for upper elementary students, many of which are completely free to download.
Valentine’s Day Math Activities
This huge set of math centers is always a hit with my students. The variety of skills in the pack allows me to easily differentiate and review lots of skills during the month of February. All the different candy and chocolate graphics are super appealing to the students, even the boys! The centers shown above are from my 5th grade set, but I also have a set dedicated specifically to 4th grade standards. Click here to see them both!
This FREE Valentine’s Day Math center is a perfect quick center for your students to complete. Equivalent fractions are always a skill that my students can use a refresher on and this center can be used all the way from 3rd grade up to 5th. Click here or on the image to grab your free copy.
As much as I love using math centers, I also love some engaging (and skill based) no prep printables for homework and independent work. My Valentine’s Day printables are a perfect fit for my needs; they are themed and include engaging graphics that students love to color. Click here to see these sets in my store.
I have recently discovered my love for Sweethearts candy. I am lucky enough to be able to use candy in my classroom, so I put together this quick printable for some Sweetheart themed math practice. Give each student the printable and an individual box of sweethearts (or a handful or small baggy from a larger bag if you don’t want to go the individual route) and let them practice some math skills while enjoying some sweet treats. Click here to download the printable.
Valentine’s Day Literacy Activities
My students are a huge fans of themed holiday reading materials, and these Valentine’s Day reading passages with activities are no exception. I use these to mix up our regular reading homework routine, and sometimes even as a literacy center. To read more about what I give for reading homework, click here.
The best part about these sets is that they include three passages: one fiction text, one informational text, and one poem. Each text includes several text dependent printables, so one passage can be used over the course of an entire week with a different printable each day. This is a perfect way to sneak some more close reading practice into your reading homework. To see this reading resource in my TpT store, click here.
In my opinion, Valentine’s Day is the prefect time to review idioms because of all the idioms about hearts in the English language. This FREE set of three interactive notebook templates is perfect for themed idiom review. The students identify, define, and use idioms in a sentence in these templates. Print these on red colored paper (or pink and purple) to make them even more themed. Grab your free set of templates here or on the image above.
Valentine’s Day Science Activities
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for themed science and STEM activities. One of my favorites involves reading about Cupid and his bow and arrow and then having the students create their own mini bows and arrows. Click here to read more about this Valentine’s Day STEM activity and grab the free printables.
Another favorite science activity involves candy hearts. For this experiment, the students read about the affects of water temperate on solutions. They create a hypothesis and then test how the temperature of water affects candy hearts. Grab the free printables for this Valentine’s Day science activity here.
Valentine’s Day Party Letter and Class List
Those are just a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day activities that are perfect for upper elementary students. What are your favorite activities for Valentine’s Day?